Writer Development

TLC Free Reads

We’re open to submissions for this year’s TLC Free Reads! The deadline for submissions is Monday 20 July 2020, 12 noon.   What is it? Supported by Writing West Midlands, the TLC Free Reads scheme is a free manuscript assessment for writers on a low income and/or who are under-represented in publishing. The TLC Free […]

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Room 204: Adapting and Thriving During Covid-19 Lockdown

Whilst the restrictions imposed on us all during the Covid-19 lockdown since mid-March 2020 have been hard to adapt to, for some, they’ve been an opportunity to create some new work or think about existing work in a completely different way. We have taken some time to catch up with some of our Room 204 […]

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Writing West Midlands reveals the 2020 cohort of Room 204

We are delighted to announce the new cohort of 15 Room 204 writers-in-development, who join over 130 others who have been part of the scheme since its inception in 2012. Every year, Writing West Midlands opens its doors to submissions from emerging writers from across the West Midlands region, writing in all genres, from poetry […]

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Room at the Top: A Writer’s Week in the Rotunda

We asked Birmingham Poet Laureate, Richard O’Brien, to tell us a bit about his residency in the Rotunda in central Birmingham, which he did in January 2019.   If you spend much time in Birmingham and you’re anything like me, ‘what actually goes on in the Rotunda?’ will undoubtedly be one of your biggest questions […]

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New Midlands writers Emma Purshouse & Lynne Voyce chosen for Common People anthology

Seventeen emerging working-class writers from around the country have now been selected for inclusion alongside well-known authors in the crowdfunded anthology helping new voices be heard. In her recent BBC Radio Four documentary, novelist Kit de Waal asked an important question: ‘Where are all the working-class writers?’  The answer is right here. Inspired by a […]

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News from Room 204

Our Room 204 writers have been busy over the last few months, with a flurry of good news just recently. Here’s the latest: Romalyn Ante’s debut poetry collection, Rice & Rain, is out from V. Press in August 2017. Jane Commane says that the poems in Rice & Rain are “…poised and balanced perfectly, alive with their own irresistible […]

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